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Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah)

Anyone have a lead on a Valley bakery or market that sells these?

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  1. I don't know any specifically, but your best bet is probably a kosher market or bakery. Just remember they close early on a winter Friday.

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    1. re: avivale

      i would guess that Unique bakery in Tarzana has them and Cambridge Farms in North Hollywood.

    2. Continental Bakery
      12419 Burbank Blvd. Valley Village, CA

      Sam's Bakery and Doughnuts
      (818) 769-8352
      12450 Burbank Blvd

      There may be more in this area being a Jewish neighborhood.
      Have a good Chanukkah!

      1. I may get slammed for saying this, but in my lifetime of experience I have never detected the slightest difference between items labelled as sufganiyot and run-of-the-mill jelly donuts. Unless you need it to have kosher certification, any jelly donut from any seller ought to do just fine.

        1. Thanks everyone. Actually found a good supply at Victor Benes/Gelson's in Encino!

          1. Krispy Kreme is strictly kosher, and they have a special for Chanukkah

            Krispy Kreme
            1548 S Azusa Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

            1. Not in the Valley, but I had excellent sufganiyot from Eilat Bakery on Pico.

              They must definitely did not taste like run of the mill jelly donuts.

              Also, try heating them up for a few minutes in the microwave. Yum.

              Eilat Bakery
              354 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. So... I am most definitely in love with Sufganiyot!
                In fact, growing up I think I looked forward to them even more than Chanukah presents.

                No ordinary Jelly Doughnut can touch a Sufganiya. Sufganiyot are delightfully bready while still being fluffy and airy. Not too sweet, but of course covered in powdered sugar. It is as if a challah or brioche was crossed with a doughnut and then filled with delicious jelly (or ideally preserves). But the secret is not stuffing the doughnut with jelly... A good Sufganiya has just enough and that's it.

                I grew up with Unique Bakery's (in Tarzana) Sufganiyot, which are still delightful.

                But I have to say my personal trophy for best Valley Sufganiyot would have to go to Sarah J Pastries and Cakes in Canoga Park. They use a seedy jam that is fantastic.

                Whatever you do.... always consume a sufganiya on the day of it's creation.

                To all those fellow lovers of Sufganiyot... A Very Happy Chanukah to You!

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                1. re: earthbuilder

                  Sufgaynoit are not a different product than a jelly doughnut. They *are* a jelly doughnut. You simply have memories of great jelly doughnuts. I was raised in a very traditional home and never had one for Chanukkah until I was in Israel at age seventeen. I think that 90% of the families in America don't have them. Israel does.

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    It seems to me the only difference anyone here has pointed out between sufganiyot and typical jelly donuts is that examples of the former have come from bakeries. Bakeries are not typically in the donut business and therefore their versions may lean toward the cakey side. It's similar to comparing donuts from Stan's or Donut Man to what you'd find in a supermarket bakery - the tastes are strikingly dissimilar, and it's not just a question of quality ingredients.

                    Sufganiyot are just jelly donuts, nothing more. If you don't believe this, try to find strongly conflicting recipes.

                    Donut Man
                    915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                  2. Is Bob's ( in Farmer's Market) too far away?

                    1. I've had "sufganiyot" on my to-do list for a couple of years now, and finally got around to it today when I found myself in the neighborhood of Unique Pastry. Got one each of the jelly and custard variety. If theirs are representative, I totally disagree that there is no difference between what I had today and "any jelly donut."

                      The ratio of filling to dough was completely different, as is the dough itself, which is, as someone posted on one of these threads, closer to challah: distinctly chewier than any donut I've ever had.

                      If this is due to it being a "bakery" donut as opposed to a donut from a donut shop, well then that's the difference. But it's different, nevertheless.

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                      1. re: jesstifer

                        Sounds like Unique Pastry is similar to many (but not all) kosher bakeries in that a lot of their baked products may have that same challah-ish quality you tasted. Anyone who’s ever had a danish or babka from a typical neighborhood kosher bakery probably knows what I’m talking about. I’d bet if Unique Pastry made a glazed donut or buttermilk bar, it would also taste like challah. All of which is fine, maybe even delicious, but it doesn’t change the fact that sufganiyot are just jelly donuts by another name.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Beignets r donuts too but slightly different dough just like sufganiot r dufferent Try one. Yes they r jelly donuts but you can tell the difference

                            2. re: jessejames

                              Jesse, check out Servorg’s link, above, for the origin of the Hanukkah sufganiyot tradition: “In the late 1920s, the Histadrut, the Israeli labor federation, decided to champion the less widespread jelly doughnut as a Hanukkah treat rather than levivot (latkes), because latkes were relatively easy and homemade, while sufganiyot were rather difficult for most home cooks, thereby providing work (preparing, transporting, and selling the doughnuts) for its members.”

                              Sorry, Jesse, they’re literally just run-of-the-mill jelly donuts.

                              1. re: Arthur

                                Arthur, why do i feel like im down a "lox" / mr. taster rabbit hole here? I'm not going to agree with you, but im not sure im glad I weighed in here. Yes,they are jelly donuts (check: correct!) but they have a different consistency in the dough, probably attributed to different non-donut specialist folks preparing them with different dough recipes. take a plate of donuts from winchells or any donut shop and a plate of those, mix them around and you may understand....no, not run of the mill jelly donuts....i dont need to read servorgs link -- ive had many sufganyot in my life, and many other donuts too....

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  Jesse, you’re not going down a rabbit hole, you’re just frustrated that you’ve developed a strongly held opinion that is not supported by the facts. Like you, I’ve had countless Hanukkah sufganiyot in my life. Some were from bakeries, some were from donut shops, some were homemade. Each kind tasted uniquely different from the others, but they all had two clear-cut things in common: they were all labeled “sufganiyot,” and they were all just variations on jelly donuts.

                                  1. re: Arthur

                                    The sufganiyot that Primo's makes differs from their normal jelly filled donuts in that they are dusted with powdered sugar, rather than glazed. They are very good, but really not any different from the jelly donuts I find around town.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Look at the source. Try a kosher type bakery and compare.

                                    2. re: Arthur

                                      Happy hannuka!

                                      I still don't agree with you after 5 posts by you! Keep trying tho!

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        I tried it for the first time last week at Bibi Café and Bakery (quite sure they're kosher) on Pico. Taste a lot like Jelly donut to me... maybe a little more dense than doughnuts